US Champs Long. A very good race - came 4th overall, 3rd Cascader, 2nd American!Splits
What went wrong:
Here was the race at 15:
Bone 58:30 (+0:03)
Enger 58:41 (+0:14)
Harvey 13:17 (+1:32)
Enger 14:44 (+2:59)
Harvey 84:18 (+1:30)
Enger 86:20 (+3:32)
Obviously, 16 was the decisive leg between the three of us. I took a straightish, more complicated route that led to more up-down-up-down, while Eric went road route right. I also came into the relevant reentrant too high, so probably 60s lost in error time near the circle and maybe 90-120s on the route choice, with a little due to fitness.
Also was 100s behind Eric on 7, which is weird because I spiked it and the only route choice was straight up a steep hill. Conclusion: I am not a good climber.
What went right: Almost all of the things! I spiked 19/20 controls, only bobbling 16. 3 was my best control - a longish hillside contoury leg that I nailed dead-on, 30s clear of the next fastest (J) and only 3s behind the random elite Halden guy who showed up. Disregarding him, I had five top splits and two second places. Only a minute of error and two minutes of route choice time loss.